My computer is making me lazy - or addling my brain, I'm not sure which.
I was writing an article today about Jerusalem artichokes when I described them as knobbly. After I'd written it I had to check in the dictionary to make sure it did begin with k. It does but probably won't for long now we have text speak and Nobby's Nuts.
Then I suggested eating only the most tender leaves of the globe artichoke - go on, ask me anything you want to know about artichokes - and thought it didn't sound quite right. I changed it to tenderest and the spellchecker didn't object so left it at that. For a while. Then I consulted Mr Chambers who assured me there was no such word.
I've always prided myself on my grammar and spelling (as long as there are no double letters); if that is going to be taken away from me what will I have left?